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Consulting Agreement

Consulting agreements define the terms and conditions of the service an individual is contracted to perform.  University policies determines permissible faculty member consulting activities (see sidebar).

University Support

  1. As a result of the classification of a consulting agreement as a personal contract, the university does not negotiate consulting agreements.
  2. At the request of a faculty member, Boston College Office for Technology Transfer and Licensing (OTTL) reviews consulting agreements for potential conflicts of interest:
    1. Consulting Agreement v. Sponsored Research contracts
    2. Compliance with Boston College Intellectual Property Policy

Noteworthy Areas of Concern

  • Consulting agreements that cover work specific to a particular company:
    • Performing work on the same subject matter for more than one company is typically not permitted.
    • Consultants should not be barred from working with other companies on different subject matters though.
  • Clearly defining scope of work and performance time.
  • Any and all rights owned by Boston College cannot be transferred under the consulting agreement and in the event of conflict, the university‚Äôs rights and policies shall prevail.
  • Defining intellectual property rights:
    • Consultants typically do not retain any intellectual property rights.
  • Consulting may not be performed on university premises, conducted using university resources, personnel or students.
  • Protection of rights regarding termination, indemnification, publicity, and advertising.